Strong price for Paul Henry and rare 1880s Irish whiskey

Auctions, Results & Fairs

Auction results

Tuesday, August 6th, Morgan O'Driscoll. Paul Henry, Peat Stacks Connemara, €36,000 – more than double its lower reserve of €15,000. Liam Belton, Gourd with Rembrandt Drawing, €3,600 (€4,000-€6,000) and a Picasso lithograph, Pique (1962) sold for €3,200, eight times its lower reserve of €400.

Thursday, July 31st, Victor Mee – The Clermont Collection. Very rare 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey, €23,000 (€5,000-€10,000). Only one of two bottles known to exist, the other is in the Irish Whiskey Museum. Two rare James McKendry of Ballymena Importers of Demerara and Jamaica Rum advertising mirrors sold for over €4,000 each (€1,200-€1,800).

Forthcoming auctions

Tomorrow, August 11th, Dolan's Art Auction, Dooagh, Achill, Co Mayo. 200 lots to include an oil by Rev Edward Nangle, the controversial minister immortalised in the book, The Preacher and the Prelate: The Achill Mission Colony and the Battle for Souls in Famine, by Patricia Byrne. Also an interesting painting of shark fishing off Achill Island by Alexander Williams RHA. See

Monday, August 12th, Mullen's Laurel Park Classic and Contemporary Interior Sale. To include period furniture, and Jolie Blonde by George Rodrigue (1944-2013) €15,000-€20,000. See


Until August 12th, Morgan O'Driscoll Online Off the Wall Auction. To include Norah McGuinness, Geese at Sutton, €1,500-€2,000; Jack Butler Yeats pen drawing, €1,500-€2,000; Mary Swanzy pencil drawing, €300-€500 and Majella O'Neill Collins, Crossing Turk Head, €800-€1,200. See

Wednesday, August 14th, Purcell Auctioneers, Birr, Co Offaly. In excess of 500 lots from old dolls and fishing tackle to kitchen sinks and equestrian gear. See

Forthcoming fairs

Tomorrow, Sunday, August 11th, South Dublin Antiques Fair, Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. Over 40 traders from Ireland and the UK to include jewellery, rare books, coins, furniture and collectables. See

Saturday, August 17th, Cork Book Fair, The Metropole Hotel. Now in its 10th year, to include rare books, coins and ephemera.

Sunday, August 18th, West Cork Antiques Art and Vintage Fair, Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables